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Explorations are inquiry-based, interactive modules designed to give students the opportunity to do history: to conduct research, analyze primary sources, and draw their own conclusions.

Each Exploration will have a separate tab containing specific teacher materials.

Please Note: eXplorations are still under development and being tested. Some units are more complete than others. Eventually all will have a teacher resource section.

Navigation: To return to this menu, click the word at the top of each page.

Unit 1: Colonization and Revolution

The World Before 1492

Learn about Zheng He, Cahokia, and Timbuktu

Indentured Servitude and Slavery

Learn about colonial servitude


Columbus and the Columbian Exchange

Learn about Columbus and his legacy


The Puritans

Learn about gravestones and witchcraft


Spanish Discovery of the New World

Learn about conquest and enslavement



Learn about the Revolutionary War through a variety of media


Pocahontas and Squanto

Learn about an Indian Princess


Who Wrote the Constitution?

Learn about the delegates and the document
Unit 2: Pre-Civil War and Civil War

The Duel: Aaron Burr & Alexander Hamilton

Learn about a
famous duel


The Alamo

Learn about the events and people at the Alamo



Learn about the secret code of spirituals


Indian Removal

Learn about the quest for land


Children and the Westward Movement

Learn about children who made the
journey west


Children and the Civil War

Learn about the role
of children in the
Civil War


John Brown: Hero or Terrorist?

Learn about the enigmatic John Brown


Why Did the South Secede?

Learn about the states that left the Union

Unit 3: Turn of the 20th Century


Learn about people who protested injustice and fought for freedom


Mexican American Songs of Resistance and Pride

Learn about music

Coming soon - under development

Photography as History

World Fairs as History
Unit 4: Great Depression, World War II, and Post-War

Children and the Great Depression

Japanese American Internment

The Rise of the Teenager

Historical Places of the Civil Rights Movement

Atomic Culture

 Casablanca as Wartime Propaganda

Children and WWII

Timelines as Windows Into History

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

The Vietnam War as History

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